Born in London, England; he started in the theater there in 1906. In the silent era, he made it only into two films, one of which, released in 1928, was an early talkie; both were shorts. His first film was a British short Kismet made in 1914. Sometime after this he left for the U.S. By 1923 he had made his Broadway debut, and that career lasted into the 1950's. The short talking film that he made in 1928 was Two Masters. He did not appear again in films until 1939; from there he went on to have a very long career as a character actor. Notably along the way in a couple of Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone. He also did quite a lot of television, appearing on variety of shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason. He was Laelius in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960). His role came in 1970, and it is an uncredited role in Airport, as a passenger. He passed away on 1 August 1973 in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. He is buried in Pierce Bros. Valhalla Memorial Park, in North Hollywood.
|With Basil Rathbone|